As information about the Ebola virus continues to dominate the national news, the City of West Chicago and the West Chicago Fire Protection District would like to inform residents that there is no immediate known threat for risk of exposure to the Ebola virus to the citizens, visitors, and/or healthcare workers in the City of West Chicago. However, the West Chicago Fire Protection District is being proactive by establishing protocols to ensure a safe environment for its residents, patients, firefighters and healthcare workers.
The West Chicago Fire Protection District will follow response protocols that are developed by the DuPage County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The emergency responders are training with these protocols and would like the public to be aware of the precautions being taken.
At this time, the DuPage Public Safety Communications (DU-COMM) will be screening 9-1-1 callers based on their complaints, symptoms and travel history. Responding emergency medical personnel will be made aware of the DU-COMM findings in a confidential manner and will take precautions to protect themselves and the patient accordingly. The Fire Protection District continues to outfit paramedics and firefighters with personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, eye protection and gowns. Residents should not be alarmed if they see paramedics wearing masks, gloves and eye protection as this is a normal practice during any flu season. The donning of personal protective equipment is for the department’s protection as well as for that of West Chicago residents.
The West Chicago Fire Protection District is continuously monitoring CDC advisories and is in regular contact with local and county health authorities. As new procedures and information become available, they will be put into place accordingly.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health has also activated a 24 hours a day, seven days a week hotline at (800) 889-3931 to answer questions about Ebola. People can call at any time with questions such as how Ebola is spread, who is at risk of being infected, when someone should go to a doctor, what hospitals and local health departments are doing to identify and control possible Ebola infections and other frequently asked questions.